Has DEP or Georgia Pacific/Koch Industries put up any warning signs near the pollution pipeline that now discharges up to 47 million gallons per day of toxic industrial waste into the St Johns River?  People need to know that this 1100′ X 100′ stretch of the river is not safe for human contact or aquatic life.  People should not fish, shrimp or collect crabs in this part of the river as it contains unsafe levels of unionized ammonia, dioxin and is chronically toxic.  It also receives a fresh dose of dozens of organochlorine chemicals and heavy metals every day.  This stretch of the St Johns river has been essentially given to Georgia-Pacific to use as an industrial sewage and it does not meet fishable/swimmable standards under Chapter 62-302.500, F.A.C.  Additionally, the river is VERY slow moving and is tidally influenced, so it moves back and forth (up and down river) slowly, so these toxins are building up daily.  It could be very dangerous to expose your skin to this water.  Please take caution and tell anyone who uses the river in Palatka, FL to avoid contact with the water.

About the Author

Linda Young has been the executive director of the Clean Water Network of Florida since 1994. From 1989 to 1997, she founded and published a monthly statewide environmental newspaper. Over the past twenty three years, she has co-founded some of the most long-lasting and effective environmental organizations in the Southeast, including the Gulf Restoration Network, Gulf Coast Environmental Defense and C.A.T.E. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Southern Oregon University and a M.A. in Political Science/Campaign Management from the University of West Florida.

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